Mazda recalling 88k cars for ECU glitch [UPDATE]


2014 Mazda3

UPDATE: Mazda USA spokesperson Beverly Braga confirmed that this is a voluntary recall, and that the concern entails, “the control program that is developed to protect the capacitor [is] reacting hyper sensitively when the alternator belt gets wet and slippage happens.” There are no physlical concerns with the parts of the i-ELOOP, like the capacitor or DC/DC converter.

Need to have a break from information about the Standard Motors ignition switch recall? This Mazda recall should serve as a wonderful change of speed. It involves 88,000 vehicles across the globe, and focuses on the brand’;s 3 most latest (and essential) designs – the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5.

The situation rests with Mazda’;s new i-ELOOP regenerative braking method. Apparently there is a problem with the ECU system that monitors whether a capacitor in the regen technique is functioning. Acceleration is affected, and in extreme situations, the engine could stall. There have been no mention of accidents or injuries due to the concern, and the glitch itself can be cured by an ECU reflash.

As i-ELOOP is a relatively new technique for Mazda, notably in the US, the total number of affected designs is rather low, with just 6,500 US automobiles impacted. Europe is hit hardest, with 38,000 designs whilst Mazda’;s residence marketplace of Japan adds 27,600 automobiles and crossovers. Impacted models were created among October 2012 and January 2014.

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